“A Second of Eternity” draws a journey inspired by the question and experience of time, through a set of works from the Pinault Collection.

The works of fifteen artists

The exhibition is gradually contaminating all the spaces of the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection : from the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Roni Horn exhibition to OPERA (QM.15) by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster -presented since April- to the entire second floor of the museum. It brings together the works of about fifteen artists. The story composed by the works brought together by a second of eternity explores the polysemy of the present time, alternately suspended, fleeting, inhabited by spectral presences, crossed by the theme of absence and incarnation. This cycle borrows its title from the work of Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers

An exhibition as confusing as it is fascinating

A Second of Eternity (based on an idea by Charles Baudelaire) conceived in 1971, a film which briefly reveals the presence of artist by the simple figuration of his signature. The work sets the tone for an exhibition where the intensity of the presence of bodies and images is measured by the yardstick of their transience. It is a question, as in the words of Charles Baudelaire, of seizing “in a second the infinity of enjoyment” and contemplation. Strolling between a grand piano that plays by itself, marking out balloons taking the form of sea creatures, carving words on the walls, admiring a giant projection… The visitor here seems to bring the works to life. In this decor, the intensity of the presence of bodies and images is measured by the yardstick of their transience. An exhibition as confusing as it is fascinating !

With works from the Pinault collection :

Larry Bell, Marcel Broodthaers, Miriam Cahn, Nina Canell, Liz Deschenes, Ryan Gander, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roni Horn, Pierre Huyghe, Gustave le Gray, Sherrie Levine, Philippe Parreno, Anri Sala, Tino Sehgal, Rudolf Stingel, Sturtevant, Wolfgang Tillmans, Carrie Mae Weems.

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